Elections mostly a two-horse race

2011-05-19 22:08

Johannesburg - Municipal elections meant slightly fewer votes for the ANC and quite a bit more for the DA, according to results released on Thursday evening.

By 20:00, with 89.9% of the votes counted and checked, the ruling African National Congress had garnered 63.78% of the vote - slightly less than past elections - while the main opposition Democratic Alliance improved in all nine provinces after scoring 21.83% nationally.

The results showed that South Africa's fourth post-apartheid local government elections was mainly a two-horse race, with only two real players among the 121 parties that participated.

Although the ANC remained the main player, it was its worst showing in five years. In the last municipal elections in 2006, the ANC secured 66.3% of the vote and the DA 14.8%.

In the last national elections in 2009, the ANC got 65.9% and the DA 16.7%.


But Justice Minister Jeff Radebe was unperturbed, saying the ruling party still enjoyed overwhelming support.

"This is because the ANC is the political home of all our people. It’s a family. Having a protest does not amount to anti-ANC," Radebe said at the Independent Electoral Commission’s results centre in Pretoria.

"When you have a fight with your family, it doesn’t mean you turn your back on them."

The brand-new National Freedom Party (NFP), which broke away three months ago from the Inkatha Freedom Party, surprised even itself by securing 2.61% of the national vote, compared to the IFP's 4.02%, which, at its peak in the 2000 local government elections, garnered 9% of the vote.

The DA managed to keep its grip on Midvaal municipality, the only municipality in Gauteng not controlled by the ANC, while the ruling party countered predictions that it may lose to the DA in Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape, where the ANC secured a convincing victory.

City of Cape Town

The DA was confident of a win in the City of Cape Town, where results by 20:00 showed the party sitting with 65.71% of the votes, while the ANC had 28.42%.

Overall in the Western Cape, the DA was standing at 58.34% and the ANC at 32.39%.

The ANC's mayoral candidate in Cape Town, Tony Ehrenreich, told Sapa he believed the ANC's score would grow as counting continued on the Cape Flats, but conceded that the party had failed to win coloured voters away from the DA.

"I don't think we were going to be able to turn around traditional support to other parties so quickly," he said, adding that people were still voting according to "apartheid faultlines" in the province.

"Coloured areas voted for the DA. So that must tell you that in coloured areas people feel scared and more secure with people who had traditionally given coloureds a better deal," said Ehrenreich.

DA leader Helen Zille had already started celebrating.

"If I can get this result from dancing, I will do it again for the next election," she said, referring to criticism by her political rivals of her dancing moves during electioneering.


ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said the ruling party was "very disappointed" about the Midvaal loss.

"The ANC must work harder, we are not doing well in the minority areas," Mantashe said at the IEC results centre in Pretoria.

"We are sorry we didn't take it [Midvaal]... we really wanted it."

Elsewhere in Gauteng, the ANC was standing on 59.87% by 20:00, compared to the DA's 33.38%. In Tshwane, the ANC had secured 56.02% of the vote so far, compared to the DA's 37.95%.

One party that was definitely not disappointed, was the NFP, whose leader, Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi, broke away from the once influential, mainly Zulu, IFP, after a leadership squabble with Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

"We didn't expect this at all. This party is still at infancy," said NFP convenor Evans Sosibo. "We are very happy because this sets a solid foundation for us in the 2014 election."


Political analyst Nhlanhla Mtaka said the party would be kingmaker in a number of KwaZulu-Natal municipalities.

"It is true that politics is a cruel game. A party which was considered a nonentity has now emerged as a kingmaker," said Mtaka.

IFP chair in KwaZulu-Natal, Bonginkosi Buthelezi, conceded that his party's show was disappointing.

"Although we knew that the NFP was going to be a factor, we did not know that it would be to this degree," he said.

"The IFP went to the election with the intention of winning, we are obviously disappointed with this outcome," Buthelezi added.

Overall in KwaZulu-Natal, the ANC scored 55%, the IFP 20%, the NFP 12% and the DA 9%.

In the Eastern Cape, the ANC was ahead of the pack with 73%, followed by the DA (14%), Congress of the People (4%) and the United Democratic Movement (4%).

The ANC had 70% in the Free State, ahead of the DA's 22% and Cope's 4%.

The ruling party was also the convincing winner in the North West (75%), Mpumalanga (79%) and Limpopo (82%).

Nationally, Cope, another opposition party marred by in-fighting, had secured 2.45% of the vote by 20:00.

It secured 12% of the vote in the Northern Cape, where the ANC had 64% by 20:00, and the DA 22%.

The United Democratic Movement was standing nationally on 0.74% and the Freedom Front Plus was on 0.48%.

  • whatwhatster - 2011-05-19 22:17

    Being an ANC supporter is like being a Stormers supporter. All the support but no results!

      za101 - 2011-05-19 22:47

      gauteng residents are now going to get slaughtered by toll fees.

      Brewster - 2011-05-19 23:05

      121 Bloody political parties!!! For a country as relatively small as this. Its insane! Can nobody agree on anything?

      Theuns - 2011-05-20 07:08

      @ whatwhatster Almost like your underpants hey, a lot of support but no results.....ha,ha,ha,ha

      ruadrauflessa - 2011-05-20 08:35

      za101: The slaughtering of Gauteng residents and businesses by toll fees will however impact the whole country. Not just Gauteng

      Claire - 2011-05-20 09:20

      I could not have said it better myself!

      golferspal - 2011-05-21 09:19

  • Blip - 2011-05-19 22:26

    The loony-fringe parties like VF+, ACDP etc might as well fold up their pup tents for good. They'll never get any traction.

      stukyster - 2011-05-20 01:20

      That's a fairly blunt way of saying you don't support democracy.

      Blip - 2011-05-20 01:25

      Democracy works on having the NUMBERS to win elections. If you don't, you're obliged to team up with someone who DOES have them, and to make compromises. Anything else is delusional.

      Lianne Byrne - 2011-05-20 05:53

      I believe in democracy but I cant understand why we need 121 different parties!! - make it 10 - 15 parties, consolidate budgets where you can and really make an impact. How much money does it take to get on the ballot? Money would be better spent elsewhere.

      Nico - 2011-05-20 07:00

      THey will never... as long as some of these parties get one seat then they are secure to get a FAT salary from you and me. One seat one person (the leader) do nothing but you and me pay for that. Why would they not keep registered? It is too nice for them,just too f*&$ing nice.

      Jacques Jones - 2011-05-20 07:14

      @zaatheist politics and religion dont mix.kinda like you and intelligence

      Pierre - 2011-05-20 07:34

      @ Indiana Jones . Atheist is so proud of his/her status , but cometh the hour and the day he/she is not going to stand so tall . Better we pray for him/her .

      zaatheist - 2011-05-20 07:39

      @Jacques Jones - I am a devout Pastafarian and I find your comments to be highly offensive. The great Flying Spaghetti Monster will strike down the non believers such as yourself and only his loyal followers will ascend into the splendor of heaven.

      Jacques Jones - 2011-05-20 08:42

      @zaatheist i will fight back with all the might of the parmezanian army and stage a glorious revolution in the name of veganaise

  • FinalJustice - 2011-05-19 22:28

    Astonishing election results; How the majority of South Africans are still voting in favour of blatant corruption, unemployment, poor service delivery, indisputable nepotism, record thriving crime rates, unresolved poverty, the referring responsibility factor, and encouragement of racial divisions ... as well as Open-plan Latrine Facilities for all. Some call it “The Longdrop to Freedom”, Long live Africanocrazy!

      FarmerBrown - 2011-05-20 04:55

      Like I said in the past, democracy assumes that the voting population is capable of determining what lies in their best interest.The problem is that the voters are swayed along racial lines. In Africa this has been the norm and when they finally recognize reality, its to late. One can only hope that the world doesn't allow SA to follow history.Repairing the damage is too costly and gap between western countries and broken African democracies is just too far.

  • HopefulXpat - 2011-05-19 22:30

    Oh, Tony Ehrenreich, you absolute sod... Typical ANC to sing racial tunes again. Coloured voters voted DA simply because they possess the amazing power of thought. Damn, the ANC truly has emerged as the most racist party since the AWB!

  • POLLENYS - 2011-05-19 22:30

    Tog so bly daai nikswerd bitterbek Tony Ehrenreich het sy gat gesien. Het in sy lewe nie 'n dag se eerlike werk gedoen nie. Forever lining his pockets by inciting Cosatu to strike, break, burn and loot.

  • HCrouse - 2011-05-19 22:31

    Almost 50% growth for the DA! At this rate the ANC takes the backseat in 15 years.

      Always Happy - 2011-05-20 00:04

      I really hope the DA can take the leading position in a shorter amount of time...

      trekpostal - 2011-05-20 06:50

      Sad reality is that the DA didn't make great inroads against the ANC (down 2,5%) percentage but it looks more like getting votes from people that previously voted for other parties

      Aquaman - 2011-05-20 07:14

      Nothing was ever going to change overnight. The DA have never had a chance to prove what they can do. They got that chance with Cape Town and now look. They govern the province AND 80% of the municipalities. Now we'll really see if they've got the metal to match the noise. The only disappointment I have is that the DA didn't win a major municipality in another province to broaden their influence. Nelson Mandela Bay would have been fantastic, but it wasn't to be.

  • Aquaman - 2011-05-19 22:38

    As our democracy matures we will inevitably filter down to just two or three major forces. There will always be diehards in these forces but it's only when the running gets very close that democracy truly works. The ANC need to feel someone breathing down their neck or else there is no pressure to deliver. The DA is showing that it means business and there's a blue tide sweeping across the Cape provinces. Exciting times ahead! Great day to be South African!

      Shorts1 - 2011-05-20 07:03

      I agree totally. The DA's performance has shown that in those areas in which it was able to run the local government, it did so far more effectively than the ANC ever did, This is cleary evident from the fact that their support grew significantly in each of these areas. Whilst they did not actually win the other areas of key importance, i.e being in essence the other metropolitan centres, the increased number of seats secured by the DA should ensure that the ANC are pressurised to deliver much more effectively every step of the way. The outlying areas are properly less critical at this stage where hopefully the ANC have received a strong wake-up call and will therefore realise that they now need to perform far better in these districts. Voter turnout and the overall results have shown that our democracy is maturing, albeit somewhat more slowly than one would like to see, but at least we do appear to be heading in the right direction.

  • Yellow1 - 2011-05-19 22:40

    I'm loving the results, it proves many points. Just a pity some people don't see it, the rainbow nation is a myth and doesn't exist. Probably will exist in 2050. I proud my vote has ensure an overwhelming win for the ANC again.

      RVQ - 2011-05-19 23:07

      "rainbow nation is a myth" - sigh, so the ANC has abandoned Madiba's dream?

  • Marius Koen - 2011-05-19 22:40

    Oh Please Tony!!! So what you are saying under ANC rule the coloured ares wont have to be scared but that they will not get a good deal!!! "Coloured areas voted for the DA. So that must tell you that in coloured areas people feel scared and more secure with people who had traditionally given coloureds a better deal," said Ehrenreich.

  • Steve Wonderboy - 2011-05-19 22:47

    Tony is such a poor loser. The coloureds do not vote for the ANC for the simple reason that we actually have TV, internet, radio and all other media at our disposal. We can see what is happening around the country with the ANC's lack of delivery. So far the ANC's campaign was this: "We know we haven't delivered. We know that we are mostly incompetent, useless oxygen thieves. We can't really give a damn about you because you really aren't actually black but for the sake of this elections we don't really mind that. Please give us your vote so we can line our pockets at your expense for another four years." This is the message I got from listening to Malema and his ilk rant at rallies.

  • Aquaman - 2011-05-19 22:50

    On confirmed results, the DA have won 9 municipalities in the Western Cape to the ANC's ... drumroll ... 1. The ANC had better get their act together. Once the DA wins a municipality they're very hard to budge. Just look at Midvaal. Even all the ANC's big guns couldn't shift it. In fact it grew in strength!

      POLLENYS - 2011-05-19 23:04

      Where do you get those figures from? Theuns Botha was hoping for 15 out of 30, last I saw the DA had 13.

      Aquaman - 2011-05-19 23:06

      Update: 18 municipalities to DA, 2 to ANC in the Western Cape. ANC is winning in Beaufort West and DA is winning in Laingsburg and Cape Town (64.29% in Cape Town with 1.66 million votes counted, so that's pretty much a given). Independents winning in two municipalities as well. Looks like the Western Cape is a fully fledged DA stronghold. Just what South Africa needs!

      Aquaman - 2011-05-19 23:13

      POLLENYS: Check the News24 map. It's being constantly updated. Be advised that it may involve some counting :P. Incidentally, the ANC managed to cling on to Beaufort West. 18 - 3 then.

  • thetruth - 2011-05-19 22:59

    SteveWonderboy tale of 2 Tony's...the other TONY ie TONY LEON joined the ANC and is presently the SA ambassador to ARGENTINA

      RVQ - 2011-05-19 23:08

      Only way he could get out of the country?

      Aitsa - 2011-05-20 00:00

      What kak you talk.

  • George - 2011-05-19 23:05

    I think it is necessary for Lindiwe Mazimbuko or any other similarly competent black person in the DA to be the party leader by at least the 2019 national elections..... Black people (especially ones that live in rural areas) find it very hard to relate to a white leader so i think when the DA get there 1st black leader the support will definitely filter over to the DA's side..... Not that Helen isn't amazing, but we need to be realistic

      POLLENYS - 2011-05-19 23:24

      That's why the earlier story about Vrishgewacht ward is so refreshing: where a white woman got 4,000 inhabitants to elect her because she is delivering. "Visser was head of the Sannieshof Inwoners Belastingbetalers Unie (SIBU), a ratepayers association, which took over control of basic services such as disposal of sewage and waste removal in 2008, claiming the town council was incapable. "Instead of paying rates to the ANC-led Tswaing municipality, residents place the funds into a SBIU fund, and the SBIU provides some of the services. "It made an impression on the black people. It became known to them that I was a woman who solved problems."

  • Francois - 2011-05-19 23:08

    Poor Gautengers - but it is true, you get the political aprty (and service delivery) you deserve. And that is earned by voting. So, ANC supporters, enjoy more poor service delivery for the next 5 years!

      Justme - 2011-05-19 23:54

      I thought you would appreciate this sentiment from a S.A. friend of mine: "Asking me to vote ANC is like asking a chicken to vote KFC. :-)"

  • POLLENYS - 2011-05-19 23:18

    Beaufort West - I think that is the homeland of that utter oxygen thief called Truman Prince, with a history that will even let the devil close hell's doors on him.

  • thetruth - 2011-05-19 23:18

    @ GEORGE butin a similiar fashion,would u vote for the ANC if ppl like ZUMA,MALEMA,the incompetent ANC members and the corrupt ones are kicked out and a bunch of fresh new rejuvenated black politicians take the reigns and employ some of the current ANC policies,like partial nationalisation,BEE and other policies that would empower previously disadvantaged ppl...Why do caucasians think that nationalisation is a negative policy if South African blacks and whites would both enjoy the fruits of our enormous mineral wealth,in contrast to whats happening now(95% of that wealth is not re-invested in SA---2% of foreign companies loot these benefits)...EVEN S AFRICAN WHITES DON"T REAP THE REWARDS CURRENTLY

      Aquaman - 2011-05-19 23:28

      The reason Nationalisation is frowned on is because governments have no idea what 'investment' means. Mines make a lot of money only when you pour a lot of that money back into the mine. Put government in charge (ANY government) and you'll see the mines starved of resources and slowly die while the current ruling party uses the cash for the short time they are in office (in an ideal democracy). There's no space for long term investments in parliament.

      FarmerBrown - 2011-05-20 05:14

      Why wouldn't anyone vote for the ANC if their policy was related to success.Home ownership of our mineral resources makes a lot of sense. Its a policy in the UAE and works well. Problem is ... why make noises of nationalisation without compensation. Rather make laws that are in the national interest and provide workable solutions for business confidence. Let me give you a practical example.... I employed + 300 people and due solely to the ruling party I sold my business/farm. Today those people are unemployed and the farm lies idle. ( a twenty year venture went down in 4 months )I sold out of fear of losing it - see your clown Julius. I ran a completely non racial farming business which in essence supported around 3000 people. Welcome to welfare !! This is one such story.... I know of 500 more !!

      fishing zoot - 2011-05-20 06:38

      Dont woory about nationalisation, my wife and i ran a small company netting R35 000/month. Our three children all emigrated to the uk several years ago , so we eventually decided to relocate there too be with the grandchildren and kids. we gave the whole company to the workers and negotiated along term contract with one of the major customers to continue buying from the collctive we left behind. A friend of ours was kind enough to offer to mentor them whilst they found their feet. We hadn't been away for more than a month when the client phoned me in England to say he dan't received stock for two weeks and was cancelling the supply agreement. After calling the mentor he claimed that two days after we left, there were 4 deaths in the families of workers and that they had taken R20000,00 for the funerals and 11 of the 20 never came back to work? You dont need nationalisation to destroy SA just the apathy that exist's in the rank and file non worker.

      Noname - 2011-05-20 06:49

      You got right point.Nationalization never work anywhere in the world, all communist country did same and all fail. Did not work in Europe and will not work in South Africa. And BEE is reason why South Africa is running out of skilled people. Look at any company which took BEE as their policy, service is going down, overinflated salary for unskilled people and who pay for that? Poor people getting poorer because of that, somebody must pay for uneducated people in top positions. Government should support company or compensate company to employ unskilled people to give them chance to educate them, company should be subsidize from government, to improve and open training centre for people. Open trade school and educated people, not to just fill position with unskilled people. That is not solution, that is lack of planning and throwing problem from government to someone else shoulder. Government is complaining about unemployment. But what they do for that, nothing. In any country in the world tourism is cheapest business to run, but what we doing here in South Africa, we chasing people away with our crime. In tourism business you could employ lot of people. Especially here in South Africa, we have many places to show. And what problem is, incompetent people in the key position. And that is not all what we can improve; there is many others industries to be improved. But for this you need skilled people, to plan and turn all plans to reality. Unfortunately that is not ANC strong point. How can person without any education become president of Youth League? Remaining me communist ideology, where best qualification, was years of membership in communist party. Well I would like to congratulate municipalities and people which choose democracy and voted DA, and condolences to the rest of the nation. You eat what you cook. So do not cry about poor delivery.

      W H Kotze - 2011-05-20 08:54

      Where did ISCOR and SASOL come from?

  • thetruth - 2011-05-19 23:38

    @ AQUAMAN but nationalisation in capable (i emphasize CAPABLE) govt's hands is the lesser of 2 evils...currently the only way that the 5% spoils of the wealth from resources makes a difference is that it employs a few hundred thousand ppl(that is only 5% as salaries) thats daylight rape...

  • thetruth - 2011-05-19 23:44

    @ AQUAMAN if u have satellite,then watch the KEISER REPORT which is currently on screen,and u'll see where the wealth of our resources goes to

  • thetruth - 2011-05-19 23:45

    sorry, on RT 405

  • Macho Mike - 2011-05-20 00:22

    Eish, i'm so very very very happy happy today. Yebo, my party she did win da elections. VIVA, VIVA ANC.I can't belief, da ANC she did win big time again. A one horse race, certain banker my ANC horse. Now we can very much look forward to increase in crime, poorer service delivery, more toy-toy strikes,more corruption, more fraud, more increases for elektrik, water, petrol, parrafyn, coal , food etc. Eish, one vote for da ANC is one more vote for problems.

  • Sandra Marula - 2011-05-20 00:55

    Its amazing how some people react when they dont get what they wished for. Its true that this results shows that many people are still voting along the apartheiad faultlines. Its simply bcos people dont trust that white people have changed in the small time of our so called democracy &freedom. We see it everyday in how our people are treated. Many black people do believe in Helen Zille and her intention of pursuing the ideals of a non-racist South Africa but they dont trust the motives of the people behind her and those who she will need to help her to govern. Another simple factor is that its common practice in SA to find people who prefer to fold their arms to see a black government fail with the hope that people will be fedup and vote for a white government, the DA. This mischievous plans dont work bcos people see right through them. I argue that the reason why many white people are migrating to the Western Cape has to do with their plans to increase their numbers combined with the fear factor of colored vote to create their own version of post apartheid SA under white rule. You need only see what they do when they get to live in the WCape - they get involved and even put their money & energy to ensure that government delivers. The so called concerns of service delivery is a ploy to show that black people are incompetent. People want to vote for best leaders whether black or white but now its impossible! Its true the ANC sucks but if attitudes dont change,thats the future!

      Steve Wonderboy - 2011-05-20 13:53

      Have you considered the fact that people want to do business in an environment conducive to it? That though we want to uplift poor communities our own needs should always come first? I don't know about you, but I am pro-realism which means that if I pay massive taxes I want to see where my money goes. That is what you get in the western cape and that is why people are willing to invest here. You cannot have 3 million people feeding 50 million people. That is just bad maths. Sooner or later the people will say enough is enough.

  • SG - 2011-05-20 01:58

    Viva ANC, viva. Long life ANC, long live. Aluta continua

  • Pat - 2011-05-20 02:57

    1994 NATS 20,4 PERCENT - 2011 DA 21,2 PERCENT - 3000 ANC KAPUT

  • ANC Ancestor - 2011-05-20 04:16

    DA having a surprisingly good showing in Pretoria and Joburg. Not outright majority but a significant number of seats.

  • Dan - 2011-05-20 04:47

    I think Radebe should think again or try and get a decent education before speaking out in public again. What the results are saying is that those people electing with their "brains" turned their backs on the ANC for good and obvious reasons. Those idiotic suffering drones still only have the mental capacity to understand short sentences and utter racial rubbish coming from the likes of thugs like Julius Malema. For them - they deserve their suffering and hardship under the ANC who clearly has no clue as to how to govern. They can't even govern their own party. Cape Town and Western Cape will never ever turn back to the ANC. The people there had the experience of good governance and the result speak for itself. Now maybe we all know where we should move, if we want any form of service delivery. For the ANC, this election will only mean new bastards getting in to office to continue with the corruption. True democracy is developing, but it will take time.

  • Noname - 2011-05-20 05:55

    Congratulaton to municipalities which vote Da as leader, condolences to rest of the country.

  • ariete - 2011-05-20 06:03

    I think the bulk of voters still don't get what they are voting about. It's a bit like holding a poll for Amakhozi vs Bucs

      George - 2011-05-20 06:21

      it's more "brand loyalty" that they vote out of.... it's also sad that many of the black people think by voting for the DA apartheid will come back

      Aquaman - 2011-05-20 07:19

      I disagree... up to a point. Yes the ANC brand will always attract votes and that's not surprising considering all they accomplished in the past. But what really is bringing in the most votes is a fear of the unknown. The DA hasn't had a chance to prove themselves, and they've got that now. They run the Western Cape and 80% of its municipalities now. If there is a dramatic turnaround then you can expect that to grow. But don;t expect a municipality of rural folk who've never seen anything but apartheid and ANC governance to suddenly take a blind stab at something new. The risks aren't worth it to them, and that's completely understandable.

  • fishing zoot - 2011-05-20 06:20


      Euc - 2011-05-20 07:13

      My maid, my 100 factory workers all ran out and voted ANC, as they will tell you, Zuma is a good man, he will help us. The sad reality is I do more for these people than their government ever will and they will vote ANC untill the day they die, ours is a one party state and will be for the next 100 years !

  • Hasane william - 2011-05-20 07:00

    Iliteracy in limpopo is very high and that is where the ANC got 82%.

  • Euc - 2011-05-20 07:03

    I heard a good chirp,"A South African voting for the ANC is like a chicken voting for KFC"

  • LION - 2011-05-20 07:18

    WHY PEOPLE VOTE FOR ANC? I now realize and understand why people would want to vote for a party that is corrupt, unethical, incompetent, and lazy with a 121st world mentality. If you subject a nation to abuse both emotionally and physically, you set them up for revenge that will take generations to heal. There is no such thing as a quick reconciliation on paper and everything’s over and done. Damage control has taken place and payback will take its toll. All the “affirmative shopping”, hijacking, rapes, murder etc is only just a grain of sand in an ocean. Nothing is going to change their mindset of voting for a party that going to give them a better life even if all their party members are criminals. The root of the major evil of apartheid has embedded so far that even the great pretenders of today would not be able to heal the wounds. The knowledge that the white minority has robbed a nation of land and a better education will remain in the history books and more importantly in the minds of all whose family’s were martyrs that died for the struggle. So the majority will vote for the only party that going to give them the promised land with a few disgruntled minority.

  • Philip - 2011-05-20 07:25

    I am seriously disappointed that the DA did not capture the cities of Tshwane and Gauteng, but I congratulate the ANC on the win nonetheless. It is sad that in this beautiful country of ours people still cannot see beyond the racial lines, and the counts indicate that, with the majority of blacks voting for ANC and the majority of whites voting for DA. This indicates to me that even though we believe we are a democratically mature society, we are in fact in infancy. What is equally shocking is that fear won the day. Not democracy, but fear. Fear from white people that Malema is going to destroy them. Fear from black people that apartheid will become the norm once more. Both are equally hideous prospects. Yet, if you look at most of these comments, either from black or white, they did not vote because of what a party can do for them in terms of delivering some basic human rights such as closed toilets, but they voted for a party because they are scared of what the opposite would be. For me, I would vote DA any day, not because of my fear of Malema (which is the same as any other rational thinking person's fear), not because I know apartheid is something we ordinary citizens will NEVER allow to happen again, but purely because this is one party which appears to have no political connotations to failure. I tried hard not to compare the 2 parties in this post, nor to be negative about the ruling party, because else I may be labelled. Well done DA, now for JHB and Tswane....

  • Wessel - 2011-05-20 07:28

    "Coloured areas voted for the DA. So that must tell you that in coloured areas people feel scared and more secure with people who had traditionally given coloureds a better deal," said Ehrenreich. Ehrenreich do not say what the coloured people are "SCARED" of....incompetent management, nepotism...fear that their quality of life will degrade even more?! People are fed up with sub standard quality of everything...slowly but surely people will be voting with their minds and not their hearts..irrespective of race or colour. Provide us with what we pay taxes for....nothing more nothing less. Remember...the AK47 have changed more governments in Africa than ANY democratic election ever...what make us believe we are soooooo special? ARROGANCE AND PLAIN SIMPLE MINDED STUPIDITY!!!!

  • nsivulo - 2011-05-20 07:50

    DA retained their manicipality that shows that the people are happy with it i wish to leave this eastern cape to western cape or to Midvaal.Congratulation to DA it seems as if next election you will take over this country because these corrupt people will start fighting each other now that election is over.

  • sefeddt - 2011-05-20 08:10

    Jacob Zuma summoned all the premiers for a discussion, while waiting for Zuma to arrive (late as usual) the Limpopo premier asked Zille how her province was doing, Zille smiled and said they have got clean audits, and proud of their service and delivery time. The Limpop premier smiled broadly and said his was doing better. How so Zille enquired puzzled. The Limpopo Premier said his province also had Audis but also new BMW'a and Mercs all serviced and delivered on time.

  • tsek - 2011-05-20 08:27

    I dnt see any horse race here, i mean ANC is 63% while devil Allience is on 22%, thats not a race...Oh and ANC is leadn 8 of 9 Provinces!!!!!!!!

  • Hendrik - 2011-05-20 09:06

    If just more DA supporters took one hour out of their holiday on Wednesday to go and vote we could have got the ANC below 60%, there is also a lot of wards where the ANC just got over 50%, a few more opposition voters and their ward would have been okay for the next 5 years. Now they will suffer for the next 5 years, if you could have voted but did not, don't complain once about service delivery!

  • Jonathan - 2011-05-20 09:13

    @Tony Ehrenreich,"Coloured areas voted for the DA. So that must tell you that in coloured areas people feel scared and more secure with people who had traditionally given coloureds a better deal," Proof that the ANC does not believe in looking after the coloured people... Firstly Shame on the ANC for pulling the race card, when they are a party that is supposed to represent the whole of South Africa and its multicultural society. Secondly, if i was the ANC i would fire this 'Moron' for making such stupid statements in the first place... VIVA le DA

  • astronaut - 2011-05-20 09:17

    Over all I am happy with the election results. ANC, will certainly catch a wake up after witnessing DA's impressive performance in this election. This should teach them a lesson not to take their supporters for granted and their demands and they are indeed very serious about service delivery. If ANC fail to capitalize on the victory and if they don't start to plan immediately how they going to provide better service to it's people, and not making themselves richer, and how they going to deal with corruption which poses a big challenge to the parties diminishing reputation, I hate to say, in another 15 years, they will be voted out of power by it's own loyal supporters, that includes me. Anyway, well done ANC......Service Delivery is the key. VIVA ANC.

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  • sefeddt - 2011-05-20 11:04

    The Nat goverment used "Swartgevaar" to sway voters their way, the Nats joined the ANC and now the ANC are using the "Apartheid gevaar" to sway voters their way.

      Steve Wonderboy - 2011-05-20 14:01

      There whole campaign was so obvious. Last elections they complained of Helen"Stop Zuma"Zille, now they are the ones shouting stop"Madam"Zille!

  • tony.antunes2 - 2011-05-20 21:14

    You know these forums reflect us. We are racist because of circumstance but how much class do we really have when we ridicule unrecognised leaders. Show some diginity and grace to further elevate yourself from the obvious superiority you are supposed to have.....

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